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Thursday, January 20, 2011

How much of a short leg is enough to cause injury?

Here is the standing evaluation of the pelvic landmark for measuring for a short leg. The examiner should remember to keep the hands parallel to each other and the ground. The examiner's eyes should be at the level of the hands.

When treating leg length discrepancies in athletes, as little as 1/16 inch can cause a definite overuse of one side of the body. I highly recommend correcting for any leg length difference in a highly competitive athlete, and definitely in chronically injuried patients. It is a relatively easy treatment to observe the effects on a treatment. You may be surprised at such small differences, if corrected, can make such a large difference in symptoms.

Definitely pull out the lifts if you notice no change or a worsening of symptoms.

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